Eupolybothrus cavernicolus is a new cave-dwelling centipede species recently discovered in a remote karst region of Croatia. This obscure arthropod has become the first eukaryotic species for which, in addition to the traditional morphological description, scientists have provided a transcriptomic profile, DNA barcoding data, detailed anatomical X-ray microtomography (micro-CT), and a movie of the living specimen to document important traits of its behaviour. And it's all shared with the world under a Creative Commons Attribution License. Have a look at the original paper with the species description in the Biodiversity Data Journal and the new EOL species page. Also, read the press release that explains the approach.
Try one of our memory games by visiting http://fieldguides.eol.org/memory/ and looking under "Featured Games". Click on any game icon to open a game. You'll see some changes with the latest update to Memory - in addition to speed improvements, you can now also play against Elephas, the computer with a good memory. Good luck!
Check out the Smithsonian Remix Competition and get creative with the sounds EOL has put up on SoundCloud. More than fifty compositions have already been submitted to the contest. Learn more about how you can participate here.
In this podcast, we venture into a cloud of honey bees to learn about the unique way one bee scientist is managing to help honey bees and fund his research at the same time.
The close relationship between the Encyclopedia of Life and the Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) recently became a little deeper as a link back to BHL was added to the footer of every EOL page. Links to BHL content also appear under the "literature" tab on species pages and provide deep background to EOL content.
Learn more about BHL content on EOL here.
The batman of Mexico has his own bat-cave. He just shares it with 4,000 Mexican long-nosed bats. In this episode, join researcher Rodrigo Medellin as he descends into the Devil’s Cave just north of Mexico City. It’s a journey that started decades ago when Medellin was on a game show as a boy. He lost the game show, but won a prize far more valuable—for himself, his students, and Mexico’s bats. Ari Daniel Shapiro reports from Tepoztlán.